Leland’s Picture Perfect Fishtown
A Northern Michigan Road Trip
We went for a Saturday of wine tasting with friends along Old Mission point in Northwest Michigan. The numerous wine vineyards and scenic countryside are well worth the trip. The next day we took a forty-minute morning drive north of Traverse City to the small scenic slice of the historic Fishtown on the edge of Lake Michigan on the Leland peninsula. Walking the docks is to experience a scene that is over one hundred years in the making.
Fishing History on Lake Michigan
At the end of the Leland River just before it feeds into Lake Michigan, is Leland Michigan’s picturesque Fishtown – one of the last working fishing districts on Lake Michigan. White settlers, followed the lead of Native Americans who fished from the banks of the river, creating the current fishing village in the 1850s. Today, Fishtown has kept the tradition alive in the weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, and docks lined with commercial fishing boat tugs, and charter fishing boats. For those traveling out to Manitou Island, the Manitou Island Transit ferry embarks from the same docks on a regular schedule.
Smoke Your Catch After a Day of Fishing
If you have spent the day sportfishing out on the big lake smokehouses in Fishtown will smoke your salmon for a uniquely upper Michigan flavor. During the off-season, they keep the smokers busy with orders for deliciously smoked Thanksgiving turkey.
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